Cape Town - Tottenham Hotspur revived their hopes of finishing in the top four as they convincingly beat Manchester United 2-0 at Wembley Stadium on Wednesday.
were faster out of the blocks as Jan Vertonghen played a long ball forward off
the kick-off towards Kane, who headed the ball down for Dele Alli and it
diverted into the path of Eriksen to finish brilliantly.
United looked to respond
immediately, with first Romelu Lukaku coming close from an Ashley Young cross,
then Jesse Lingard having an attempt smothered by Hugo Lloris after being
played in by Paul Pogba.
Anthony Martial received the ball
on the right wing and managed to get free of Davison Sanchez and power into the
box. His final product, however, left a lot to be desired as he blasted his
shot wide and high.
Mauricio Pochettino's men then
hit back as Eriksen played Kane into the box, but his first-time shot from an
awkward angle was comfortably saved by David De Gea.
The hosts got their second in the
27th minute as the ball was again played down United's left wing, exposing
Young. Kieran Trippier crossed the ball into Jones, who, in an attempted
clearance, put the ball into his own net.
Spurs had an appeal for a penalty
turned down when Alli got free in the box and was brought down by Antonio
Valencia, but the referee chose not to award the spot kick.
The home team came close to
adding a third towards the end of the first half when Eriksen whipped a wide
free-kick into the box, which found the head of Eric Dier, but his header went
over the bar.
They came in the second half
looking to protect their lead and counter-attack, often playing the long ball
to Kane, who was winning his battle with Jones.
United were denied a penalty when
a corner was swung in toward Alexis Sanchez, who appeared to header it into Son
Heung-Min's hand, but the referee again waved play on.
Lukaku had brilliant chance to
bring the visitors back into the game when a pass over the top of the Spurs
defence from Pogba found him. His volley, however, was expertly saved by
Lloris. Kane had a chance to get his 100th goal after Son drove forward and
squared to him at the top of the box, but De Gea managed to get down to
comfortably save his shot.
De Gea was the hero minutes later
when Eriksen pulled a brilliant pass through the eye of the needle to play in
Son, whose shot was destined for the far corner were it not for the Spanish
Spurs were comfortable in the
last 15 minutes as they shifted the ball around under little pressure from the
United midfield. Eriksen was pulling the strings and almost grabbed an assist
when he played Kane into the box, but the England striker's shot was deflected
off Chris Smalling for a corner.
Alli was fortunate not to receive
a late red card after needlessly kicking out at Sanchez in United's half. The
English midfielder only received a yellow, though, and was substituted soon
afterwards with Mousa Sissoko coming on in his place.
Spurs managed to hold onto their
two-goal lead comfortably, with United hardly testing Lloris in the closing